Gold star effort: UPG’s $110K Make-A-Wish donation

Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) gave Make-A-Wish Australia over $110,000 yesterday.

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Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) gave Make-A-Wish Australia over $110,000 yesterday.

Urban Purveyor Group owner and founder John Szangolies handed the cheque to new Make-A-Wish ambassador Aussie cricketer David Warner at a small ceremony held at Swine and Co.

The money was raised by the teams at 20 of the group’s restaurants across the country as part of a month-long donation drive during the busy Christmas trading period – aiming to bring hope, strength and joy to seriously ill children supported by the charity.

As part of the presentation, Australian batsman David Warner was joined by three children supported by Make-A-Wish, Ewan Clements (16) Louis Cummings (18) and Andrea Alzened (10) to receive the donation.

Szangolies said, “We are proud to be able to support such a worthy cause. Thanks must go to both our customers and staff who really got behind this campaign, we are absolutely delighted with the amount raised. We hope our contribution will help the charity to continue their great work in granting wishes for many more deserving children in need.”

Make-A-Wish Australia CEO Gerard Menses said, “Make-A-Wish Australia is delighted with the incredible show of support generated by the Urban Purveyor Group and its diners. The money raised in the lead up to Christmas means that we’ll be able to grant more incredible wishes for seriously ill children, spreading hope, strength and joy.”

The restaurants where donations were collected from included The Cut Bar and Grill, Saké Bar and Restaurant (The Rocks, Double Bay, Melbourne and Brisbane), Ananas Bar and Brasserie, The Argyle, Lowenbrau Keller, Swine and Co., all Bavarian Bier Cafés in NSW and QLD, and Munich Brauhaus in Melbourne.

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